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Reliability & Tree Trimming

You depend on us to deliver your power reliably. And we take your trust seriously.

Southwestern Electric Power Company is constantly working to improve reliability by minimizing the number and length of outages, and the number of customers affected by each outage.

Of course, outages occur for a variety of reasons, including lightning, ice storms and animals. But one of the most common causes of power outages is tree limbs falling across power lines. Just one tree limb can knock out electric service to dozens of families up to several miles away. In fact, a single tree initiated a power outage in 2003 for over 50 million Americans and Canadians from the Midwest to the East Coast.

That's why Southwestern Electric Power Company has a comprehensive program to manage trees and brush that grow around power lines - and it has been shown to be effective at improving the reliability of our service to you.

To learn more about Southwestern Electric Power Company's plans, and why vegetation management is so important - check out the brochure "Understanding Line Clearing Efforts".

We also have specific guidelines for tree clearing and right of way maintenance on our high-voltage transmission lines to help ensure the reliability of the regional power network. You can learn more about what we do, and why we do it, by reading our brochure on Transmission Right of Way Clearing and Maintenance.

Get the most out of your tree planting with our free booklet, "Tree Tips: A Planning Guide". It's filled with useful information about types of trees, proper tree care, recommended planting distance from power lines, and more. You can download the booklet or request a copy by calling our SWEPCO Customer Operations Center at 888.216.3523 (East Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas) or "800.723.7430 (North Texas Panhandle).

And to learn how you can play an important part by planting the right tree in the right place, visit these websites.

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